Uganda Airlines to begin India operations on Oct 7 with launch of weekly Mumbai flights, ET TravelWorld


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Uganda Airlines has just announced its plans for India operations, starting from October 7. The airline is set to launch a brand-new direct service connecting Mumbai‘s Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport and Entebbe International Airport in Uganda.

This service will operate three times a week and will be facilitated by Uganda Airlines’ Airbus A330-800 neo aircraft. Passengers can look forward to a three-class configuration, with options in Business (20 seats), Premium Economy (28 seats), and Economy (210 seats). With this new connection, a non-stop air link between India and Uganda will be reestablished after more than half a century.

This route extension also signifies Uganda Airlines’ commitment to expanding its services beyond the African continent. It joins the growing network of routes that provide travellers with connections to South, West, Central, and Eastern Africa. The direct flight will reduce travel time significantly, with approximately 5.5 hours in each direction.

“We are excited to introduce this (Entebbe-Mumbai flight), the latest addition to our network, which affirms Uganda Airlines expands travel options for our passengers. Besides convenience, we hope this route will add energy to the existing business and commercial relations between India and Uganda,” said Adedayo Olawuyi, Chief Commercial Officer at Uganda Airlines.

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Inaugural services to Dusseldorf, Germany began on September 28, followed the next day by Copenhagen, Denmark and then Osaka, Japan on October 1. The airline has also announced the launch of nine new destinations in 2023, including Malaga, Mykonos, Lisbon, Kolkata, among others. The new routes to the Indian Subcontinent, with Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram are scheduled next year.

“Since 2017, I have relentlessly pursued the dream of a direct flight from Mumbai to Entebbe, believing it to be the catalyst for enhanced trade, commerce, and tourism between our two nations. I am elated to witness the realization of my vision,” said Madhusudan Agrawal, Hon. Consul of Uganda.The inaugural flight, UR 430, will take off from Entebbe on Saturday, October 7, while the return flight, UR 431, is scheduled to depart from Mumbai on Sunday, October 8. The flight schedule has been designed to connect with Uganda Airlines’ existing network, accommodating passengers who wish to continue their journeys beyond Uganda.

Flights can be booked through the Uganda Airlines App, available on both Google Play and Apple iStore.

Currently, Uganda Airlines operates flights to several destinations, including Dubai, Johannesburg, Bujumbura, Nairobi, Mombasa, Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Kilimanjaro, Juba, Kinshasa, and Mogadishu.

Additionally, flights to Lagos, Nigeria, are set to commence soon, the airline revealed.

  • Published On Oct 4, 2023 at 09:00 AM IST

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